In this chapter, the authors discuss the impact of early experiences on attraction and attachment in adulthood. First, the authors review three theoretical perspectives that provide potential explanations for how early experiences might shape what people find physically attractive. Specifically, the authors review research and theory on sexual imprinting, mere exposure, and optimal outbreeding. Next, the authors discuss how early experiences may impact the formation of an attachment bond in adulthood, beyond the effects of physical attraction per se. Finally, the authors present a template-matching model that integrates multiple theoretical perspectives to explain how early experiences impact both mate preferences and attachment dynamics in adulthood.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Bases of Adult Attachment|
|Subtitle of host publication||Linking Brain, Mind and Behavior|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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